6 POLITICAL DIFFERENCES between Australia and America

6 POLITICAL DIFFERENCES between Australia and America



I guess the comforting notion here is that to the flat-earthers Australia doesn't even exist hi my name is Sydney welcome back to my channel I get asked all the time about the differences between America and Australia particularly in relation to political and social attitudes it's actually kind of disconcerting how many people don't know things about us like where we are in the world and that our seasons are opposite to the United States I don't know maybe the flat-earthers are right and we don't really exist needless to say let's have an education session about my tiny but also not so tiny islands nation before I get into this is probably worth saying that people have a tendency to overstate the similarities between the two countries like really overstate you know it's like we're distant cousins we're sort of same same but different what's super interesting to me is that the Englehart well so cultural map which is based on data from the 2010 World Values Survey places Australia the farthest away from America in relation to other english-speaking countries when you take into consideration our different value systems it seems that the fundamental difference in the values comes down to the emphasis on a secular rational value system in Australia and an emphasis on the traditional value system in the United States ah this is not my opinion it's according to this data and this map so don't yell at me needless to say apparently everyone likes lists these days and who wouldn't I love it when numbers are numbered so let me just reel off some pretty major differences that I can see between America and Australia politically the first is religion weirdly enough my darling grandma who is a hardcore Catholic once referred to Australia as a godless nation it wasn't very nice but I don't hold it against her but honestly objectively Australia really does not have a very strong religious base well a lot of people probably identify as some sort of Catholic or Christian denomination the reality is that your average person isn't practicing despite the fact that we do have judeo-christian roots just over tgd percent the population identify some denomination of Catholic or Christian whereas thirty percent of the population identify with no religion if you compare this to America over seventy percent of the American population identifies as some denomination of Catholic or Christian so according to everyone else we are godless and we don't exist love it anyway observational ii i would say this means that australians don't have a very strong traditional religious conservative bent on their viewpoints a really simple example of this that comes to mind and you guys are gonna laugh is swearing if you come to australia you will hear so much swearing it is exceedingly common to hear this on television and radio as well from the speaker heads and personalities who are on these various shows it doesn't really get bleeped out it doesn't get bleeped out i don't think i don't think I've ever heard swearing be bleeped out here on the issue of the carbon tax she's Australia's biggest baddest full of thank you what a bunch of gutless pricks they are and people aren't super offended if they hear you say a naughty word it's it's basically just part of our DNA and I know now that the comments section is going to be filled with Australians using the c-word and explaining how it's a colloquial term that you use to describe a friend which is is a thing here yes number two is Australians have to vote voting in Australia is compulsory meaning that you must vote in your state and federal elections and if you don't well you're getting a nice fine in the post yes the government will take your money if you don't vote for them I kind of made that sound like we have some sort of dictator or like government that never leaves we don't they just they just like to fine us for everything anyway in our last federal election ninety five percent of eligible Australians verted in America on the other hand voting is not compulsory in the 2016 federal election only one hundred and thirty five point seven million people voted that's a little less half the total population I'm just thinking that if America finds people for not voting I mean they make a killing out of it but I think that people would also say that it's racist because that's where America is right now number three is Australia doesn't have a Bill of Rights you heard that right folks Australia does not have a Bill of Rights or any real piece of specific legislation that protects our freedoms in our Constitution on the other hand we do have five rights that are explicitly protected although they are super weird I love that freedom of religion is one of our explicitly protected rights because you know apparently Australia is not a godless nation America on the other hand has an actual piece of legislation their bill of rights that protects their rights all of them or at least most of them these rights are very clearly stated they are very important to Americans and they're most often upheld by the court system but I think the difference between Americans and Australians really comes down to the way that we conceptualize our rights and freedoms granted through all of this parts of this could just be my perspective and I'm sure there are others who would disagree with me but it seems as though Australians are quite happy to give up their freedoms for a sense of perceived security America on the other hand seems to be a society that is built around the individual and individual freedoms and because they are so skeptical of the government and authority it seems like as soon as their rights are trampled on in any small or significant way Americans get really really mad so mad they revolt against the government number four you guys knew that this was coming let's be fair Australia does not have a second Amendment which is kind of obvious considering I just told you that we don't have a Bill of Rights I've talked about this before in a number of other videos but Australia does not have a second Amendment equivalent it means that our gun laws are fairly strict and pretty regulated super regulated Australia is really good at that regulation the government's just like haha you're having fun let me regulate that just like their other rights and freedoms it seems like MA seconds view gun ownership as a political issue and a natural right firearms in America seem to be a pretty significant symbol of freedom and independence and the opportunity to fight against government tyranny no such ideology really exists here firearms in Australia are basically just seen as firearms most Australians don't own them they don't use them they don't view them as a means or a method of self-defense and they definitely don't view them as a natural right your average Ozzy has a tendency to view our firearm laws favorably and most of the time they do see firearms is something that should only be used in specific situations compared to the United States where it's pretty odd American to question the right to bear arms Australians are not like Americans at old' towards firearms especially in the sense that you get people that are like I'm just I'll live in the bush I'm gonna go down to the bayou and shoot me some Gators oh I love Gators I love eating them and putting them on my wall you should have bought a gun instead of a BMI moving along number five patriotism there's probably three days out of the year not including sports matches just by the way where you will see Australians walking around in the Australian flag wearing our national colours green and gold and that's it the main day you will see people do this is on the 26th of January which is our Australia Day which is like our fourth of July equivalent besides that you will have a really really hard time finding Australian flags on houses government buildings out in public in shops in restaurants and so on and so forth it's just not really a thing here to actively display your patriotism and nationalism for the country American flags are honestly everywhere in the United States they are all over buildings all over houses and people just seem very outwardly excited and outwardly proud to be an American citizen in a way it's almost on American to not be super proud to be American it's not that Australians aren't proud to be Australian and that they don't love being a it's just that they're less inclined to show it I found an article that said that 90% of Australians have pride in Australia and yet I found other statistical data that said that only 34% of Australians think that our country is the best country in the world that compares to 41% of Americans who believe that their country is the best country in the world when I was younger and in primary school we used to sing the national anthem every single Monday morning but that's basically as far as it went and in terms of pledging allegiance to things Australians do not pledge allegiance to the country or the flag it's just very uncommon to hear these concepts in this country and if I'm perfectly honest in Australia at the moment if you refer to yourself as a patriot it's kind of a dirty word the media likes to paint people who call themselves as such as far-right or outright or just generally paint them in a pretty negative way when I was looking for facts and stats for this video I found this and it seemed pretty interesting to me where Americans generally swear allegiance to the flag or country Australian swear allegiance to our mates may ship is far more important and sacred for Australians than patriotism I know I've gotten like a little bit off topic here but I would say that this is a really really interesting concept and not one that I would necessarily disagree with because mate ship in Australia is definitely a cornerstone of this society or at least it used to be in days gone by in Australia the concept is a little bit like we love our bread we love our butter but most of all we love each other whereas Americans are like I own 45 million fireworks not dangan show the Gator haha America America first last but certainly not least our attitude towards the military it's fairly clear even objectively that Americans are aggressively lovingly supportive of the military it is without question a cornerstone of the country it is something where most people will show respect to soldiers when they see him in the streets they'll happily donate towards soldiers or the military or what have you and there's this big respect that is shown towards the military in America so my cousin took me to this hockey game in Colorado and the soldier surprised his family it was like a Star Wars theme tonight it was it was interesting anyway this soldier surprised his family and I think he was just as Yoda and then everyone cried and I cried and it was a beautiful touching moment but that stuff does not happen in Australia I wouldn't say that people don't support the military but I wouldn't say that the support looks the same as American support here again is just not that overt today the public's connection with the Army is largely exercised through abstract or ceremonial means Anzac Day continues to capture the public's imagination as is demonstrated by the growing attendance at dawn services this however has not translated into greater appreciation for the tasks and objectives of the institution Australian society lacks an anchor by which to make sense of its own modern army for context Anzac means Australian and New Zealand Army Corps these are the people who fought in Gallipoli who fought in World War one and in World War two the two major days that Australians will celebrate the soldiers is Anzac Day and Remembrance Day and on these days people will buy pins because they sell pins to raise money people will go to these dog services they would be respectful they will march in the marches that we have but like I said outside of that we don't really talk about the military friends of mine in the military have told me that they don't tell people that they're in the Armed Forces because the reception is usually quite cold or people just generally don't care like I said people don't really thank them for their service and there certainly aren't any perks of being in the military like there are in America where there are a lot of discounts that soldiers can get or even veterans can get when they've served or when they're currently serving in shops and restaurants and so on and so forth I asked a very good friend of mine who's in the Navy what he thinks about all of this and this is what he said I think overall people view the military fairly kindly but apathetic like who cares kind of thing Anzac Day is very special for me but most of the year I understand that the military doesn't really matter we are at Americans who are like oh my god the army saved us rah and that's okay most Aussies appreciate the service including fireese and animos so in Australia we shortened everything and firey is a firefighter and an Ambo is an ambulance paramedic driver I guess the way that Australians are towards the military is kind of like how my dad is like he'll never tell you that he loves you and that he appreciates you but if you want a cup of tea he'll make it and that wraps it up friends obviously I left out a ton of differences because no one wants me to make a 30-minute video talking about this so if you would like more views on this topic please let me know because they're super fun to make and I want to share a little bit of me with the rest of you it's like mashing my worlds together and I like that lastly I just want to say that I am NOT saying one way or another that one country is better or worse in the way that they operate they're just different as always if you liked the video hit subscribe and the thumbs up button if you want to leave a comment feel free to do so just don't be rude about it and I will see you guys next time

20 thoughts on “6 POLITICAL DIFFERENCES between Australia and America

  1. Just want to say AGAIN, some of this is just my opinion. I know there will be Aussies who disagree with me and see things differently. And that's okay! It's worth remembering I've grown up with one American and one Aussie parent, so my perception might be different as a result.

    There are obviously lots of other political differences, so if you'd like more videos like this, let me know.

    Lastly, before anyone comes for me, I love the Southern accent, but it's like… the only American accent (besides the standard one) that I can do. So, I'm not making fun because I hate Southerners. I think they're adorable.

    Absolutely leave your own comments about what you think of our differences – because there are lots! Enjoy 😀

  2. U r the hottes decendant of prisoners I've ever seen in my life. Come to my ranch in californian to make babies

  3. I like reason 1 because I hate being yelled at saying belive in jesus or go to hell. But everything else, well I no like.

  4. Well, if you guys are good with no firearms, that's cool. But I'm not. Because I'm from the state that is basically Australia if it was quite a bit smaller and in North America. Its hot as fuck, mostly empty, and full of wild life that is going to try to kill you.
    We have coyotes, wild boars, mountain lions, bobcats, and really pissed off possums. But one thing we seem to lack is mass shootings… I guess when everyone is armed, shit stays civil. Funny how that is.

    On a serious note, wild boars are a legit problem here. They destroy property and attack people, which is why there's no hunting limit on them. And as for weapon of choice, ARs with a good ammo capacity or at the very least a bigger round are necessary due to how tough and numerous those bastards are. Grandpa's old hunting rifle aint going to do too well when three or four of them coming running at you and your puny .223 AR aint going to do it quick enough without probably several shots. I hear one of the more popular rounds do do it with is .458 SOCOM, which is a pretty big round.

    On a side note, I'd love to hear more about Australia. You Aussies sound like a lot of fun to hang out with.

  5. One interesting topic would be economic legislation in Australia. For instance:
    – Taxes: how are they structures… sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes…
    – Labour: labour rights, labour taxes, what do the employer has legale to pay (besides the salary), number of hours
    – Social security: is health free? How much does it cost? Does it work?
    It would be very nice to compare both countries on those topics
    Thank you

  6. John Howard once said that Australians have as many rights as they need, and if the government ever thinks they need any more they will give them to them. Such incredible irony.

  7. Yes we have the 2nd amendment here but the democrats "liberals" are trying so damn hard to take that away.

  8. When i had an American come stay here in Melbourne, they asked "where are all the crocodiles? I want to see them" they were disappointed I had to take them to the zoo. Lol. They were keen to try Aussie TV but all they could find on Tv were reruns of Seinfeld, Raymond, Frasier and King of Queens. Since the Channel it was on took the Simpsons off..they weren't happy.

  9. 7:45 I love that movie. Crocodile Dundee 1 and 2 are funny movies. Why would I need a gun? When I got a Dunk. lol

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